Aaccording to media reports, a photograph showing Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav with an accused of Saharanpur violence on Saturday, sparked again with new controversy but the state government was quick to dismiss it & claimed it “baseless and misleading”.
The said photo was posted on a website of a Hindi news daily, which was dated April and lifted from the account of a Samajwadi Party leader on the social networking site.
“The news related to photo of the CM with an accused in Saharanpur incident along with other persons is baseless and misleading,” .
“The CM meets a number of people everyday. The photo in which the CM is shown with the accused, other persons are also visible. In such a situation, making baseless comment on the basis of a photo is not indicative of healthy democratic traditions,” he added.
The spokesman said that law and order was the top priority of the government and it would not compromise on that.
But an official spokesman said in a statement in Lucknow “The photo is being circulated by some elements with the intention of misleading the people and malign the image of the government” he alleged.
He said that the accused in question had been arrested and action as per law was being taken. He added that stern action will be taken against all criminals, who disturbing peace in Saharanpur.
Akhilesh was also targeted by the opposition earlier for reportedly meeting with Maulana Nazeer, who is accused for allegedly inflaming communal tension in Muzafarnagar. A case has also been registered in Lucknow against Maulana Nazeer in September.
There were violent clash happen in Saharanpur on July 26, which left three persons dead and over 30 injured. As many as 165 shops and handcarts and 42 vehicles were set ablaze during the violence.
The state government had on Friday ordered a high-level administrative inquiry. This inquiry report will be submitted within two weeks. It would find out reasons behind the incident, fix responsibility of officials who were lax in preventing it, the victims of the violence and loss caused to the property.